Members of the Libyan pro-government forces stand on a tank during their deployment in the Lamluda area, southwest of the city of Derna, Libya, June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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The self-declared government in control of the Libyan capital Tripoli launched airstrikes on ISIS fighters in the city of Sirte, officials and witnesses said Monday.Fighters allied to ISIS commanders in Iraq and Syria have been gaining ground in Libya, where two rival governments are battling for control and militants have taken advantage of the security vacuum.ISIS has gained ground in cities like Sirte and Derna to the east, challenging local armed groups and government forces alike. The self-declared National Salvation government has run Tripoli since its forces took over the capital in the summer, forcing the internationally recognized government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani to operate from the east.
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